I was incensed when I read on Facebook that a UK craft company who advertise themselves as innovative and inspirational had launched a new series of dies on Create and Craft over the weekend...
and you don't need to be a rocket scientist or need a magnifying glass to see that this is a blantant copy of the fabulous Accordion Card Concept designed by the lovely and very talented Karen Burniston. Crafters have been creating accordion cards forever...the old fashioned way with a craft knife and mat but Karen was the one who put all the hard work in to creating a unique system making the concept work using dies. I'm absolutely disgusted at this disrespectful violation of Karen's rights as an artist...whatever happened to integrity...moral scruples and ethical business practice...has the need to make loads of money become more important than decent honest values...I sincerely hope not or we're all doomed. Sadly this practice is not unknown in the industry...it's not illegal apparently but neither is it right or ethical to jump on the bandwagon and make a fast buck off the hard work of talented artists by taking their concept...making a few tweeks and passing it off as your own.
I'm ashamed that a UK company would behave in such a despicable manner but we...the customers have the power to put a stop to this...I can't tell you where to spend your crafty pennies...I can only ask you to think twice...go with your conscience...do what's right and buy the original dies...sending a message to companies that we don't want this kind of behaviour associated with the wonderful hobby we all love.
I'll leave you with a quote from my lovely buddy Paula
"If we don't stand publicly for the principles that are closest to our hearts
what's the point of having any principles at all"
See you all tomorrow with a happier post
Hugs Kath xxx
Hugs Kath xxx